Opera North welcomes Dutch soprano Annemarie Kremer to sing the title role in its new production of Norma, which opens at the Leeds Grand Theatre on 28th January 2012, replacing American soprano Takesha Meshé Kizart who has withdrawn from the role.
Ms Kizart has not fully recovered from abdominal surgery earlier in the Autumn, and she does not feel that it would be right to take on the demands of this challenging role at this stage – a disappointment for her and for Opera North.
The exciting soprano Annemarie Kremer has recently sung the role of Salome in Vienna, to critical acclaim, and prior to that her major roles have included Cio Cio San (Madama Butterfly) in Essen and the title role in Norma on tour in the Netherlands. This will be her Opera North and UK debut.
Ms Kremer was born in the Netherlands and attended the Maastricht Conservatory and the Dutch Opera Studio. Upon finishing her studies, she was immediately contracted by the State Opera Theatre in Aachen, Germany, where she performed in Mozart’s Idomeneo to critical acclaim and has since been in great demand in some of Europe’s major opera companies and orchestras.
The company is delighted that Annemarie Kremer has been able to rearrange her schedule to join the first week of production rehearsals this week, with conductor Oliver von Dohnanyi and director Christopher Alden. Norma opens on 28th January in the Leeds Grand Theatre until 17th February, before touring to Nottingham, Salford Quays and Newcastle, where the tour ends on 10th March 2012. For more information about the production, click here.